Gave this some thought today and it has to be a club face issue. Path is good (3.5°) but I’m starting the ball mostly straight or even left of target. So the solution is to get the face more open at impact. It will probably add a degree or two of launch and more spin in the process, addressing those issues.
My hands have always had a tendency to roll over around impact. The timing of that action is a problem. Going to work on the feeling of holding the club face open and see where that gets me.
No. It’s your rule proposal.
Do you take relief from movable obstructions? Do you take any relief options other than stroke and distance when your ball enters a penalty area?
Those are all “advantages” allowed under the RoG.
In my experience this is a very rare occurrence. The 1 time out of 1000 holes you play (or more) that you have to replace the flagstick before approaching is a drop in the bucket for pace of play.
It sounds like your experience is happening a bit more frequently, if not often. In windy locations a local rule could be put in play to waive this penalty.
Then re word it. Leave out the "player's responsiblity" part. It could be as simple as "If a player's ball comes in contact with the flagstick while the flagstick is removed from the hole, there will be a 1 stroke penalty and the ball shall be played as it lies". Happy?
Would you use the current rule to your advantage? Is that why you have a problem with this idea, or is it all PoP based? It honestly happens so infrequently that I don't think play would be slowed down.